New Review of Vivisection Mambo

Share Button

Here’s a link to a new review of The Vivisection Mambo, an anthology in which I am incluoded.

Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

The 2016 Annual Poetry Festival and Conference

Share Button

The Poetry Society of Virginia presents its 2016 Annual Poetry Festival in Richmond, VA on May 20 and 21. The festival includes readings and workshops by Robert P. Arthur, the current president of the Poetry Society of Virginia, Kyle Dargan, Creative Writing Director at American University in Washington DC, Greg Donovan, senior editor at Blackbird, Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, Poet Laureate of Virginia (2006 – 2008) and many others.

For more information, go to http://poetrysocietyofvirginia.org/event/poetry-society-festival/

 

Posted in Announcements | Leave a comment

And the winner is:

Share Button

Dennis Price’s “Arborpolitics” has been voted the favorite poem in the 30 for 30 series that ran this April. Congratulations Dennis!

Dennis will receive a signed copy of  The Wizard and the White House (Little Feather Books, 2014).

Thanks to all the poets who participated in the 2016 30 for 30 project.

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Vote for Your Favorite 30 for 30 Poem

Share Button

April is gone and, with it, the 30 for 30 poetry event. It’s now time to vote for your favorite poem.

If you have not had a chance to read the poems posted during April, please take some time to do so. We had some very fine poems this year from some very find poets, so read through them, choose one and vote for it by going to www.mikemaggio.net. The poll will be on the right side of the main  web page.  The poet whose poem gets the most votes will get a signed copy of my novel, The Wizard and the White House. The poll will be open until May 6th. And please note: you may only vote once.

So spread the word. And thanks to all the poets who participated this year and to those individuals who shared their comments.

 

Mike

Posted in 30 for 30 Poetry Celebration | 2 Comments

Angelee Deodhar

Share Button

Haibun: Time-out

Tonight’s dinner at Chuck-E-Cheese’s is  a mad medley of color and cacophony. We enter with a child and get our wrists stamped with a snail  tattoo. We  order our pizzas and drinks while the little girl goes to explore the rides with her mother.

I sit as far as possible from the scintillating lights, the creak of the undulating yellow car, the groan of a merry- go- round ,the screech  of mechanical animals ,the jingle jangle 3-D video games which remind me of the slot machines, in Las Vegas.

Bug eyed children, rush from game to game where they catch apples in a basket ,crawl through a tunnel, slide, ride, jiggle joy sticks, to  go through virtual reality  worlds peopled with ogres, demons and dragons while their bedraggled and disoriented parents follow.

We share the Play Doughy pizza ,soggy French fries and a mixed fruit punch which tastes of plastic. Now it is  time to redeem her fifty six coupons, for which she gets a small dark blue plastic dinosaur and  a red balloon.

I think of the last time I had been to a Chuck-E-Cheese’s, almost twenty years ago with our son and his friend ,both nine years old. Back then the bedlam didn’t seem so bad. I tell the parents they should bring their ear muffs the next time they take her there.

blessed quiet…
asleep, as clouds scud across
a gibbous moon

(c)    Copyright 2016 Angelee Deodhar

Dr. Angelee Deodhar, an eye surgeon by profession as well as a haiku poet, translator, and artist, lives and works in Chandigarh, India.Her haiku, haibun and haiga have been published internationally in various books and journals, and her work can be viewed online too. To promote haiku in India, she has translated six books of haiku from English to Hindi. She has edited both Journeys  and Journeys 2015, an Anthology of International Haibun, just released on Amazon, which  has a total of 145 haibun by 31 poets of international repute.

Posted in 30 for 30 Poetry Celebration | 12 Comments

Q R Quasar

Share Button

Inst to Light 7-Falling Heavily Up Into Light

(c)    Copyright 2016 by Q R Quasar

Q.R. Quasar is a poet, playwright, novelist, scholar and translator of Arabic & Persian poetry, with work in Poetry, Hawaii Review, Al-Arabiyya. His seven books include Buddha Time and Watching the Universe Die (Global Scholarly Publications.org). His translations include Expanse of Green, Sepehry’s Persian poetry (UNESCO/Kalimat).

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Donald Illich

Share Button

Moving Into Moonlight

At first I wanted to move elsewhere.
The moon was so cliche, a place
for poets to languidly pen verse
and arrive at endings of poems.

But I didn’t have anywhere else to go.
The city was on fire, the people
screaming in the evening.  The country
was full of aliens, probing descendants

of settlers.  Even the suburbs were filled
with no account varmints, who signed
with an “X,”shot anyone in their way.
In the moon there was no chance

for disaster.  It had shined for centuries
without stop.  It had made love to tides
with its weight for years.  I told myself
I wouldn’t write anything, that I’d settle

in a crater, that I’d dance around
that American flag.  But then I thought
of you, and how you had an apartment
on the earth, where birds told themselves

they were lucky to be there, the music
of your breath spread everywhere.
I took out my notebook and clothed
my words with your name.

(c)    Copyright 2016 by Donald Illich

Donald Illich has published poetry in journals such as the Iowa Review, Nimrod, Passages North, and Sixth Finch.  His chapbook, to be published by Finishing Line Press, is The Art of Dissolving.  (You can pre-order the chapbook here.)  He lives in Rockville, Maryland

Posted in 30 for 30 Poetry Celebration | 1 Comment

Nancy Allinson

Share Button

A Newspaper at Brookside Gardens

A newspaper left on the park bench
opened to the obits,
a woman sits next to the dead
whose lives are remembered
sometimes next to crosses
or Stars of David.

A newspaper on the bench
its front page announcing more death
from wars the woman did not start;
deaths in the Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan,
Liberia, Syria, and Ukraine.
The woman sits next to the news.

A newspaper on the bench
opened to the comics page
the woman never reads except
when she doesn’t know how to laugh
without help from pictures and captions
the woman sits next to something funny.

A newspaper left on the bench
not yet opened, still in its plastic bag,
moist from the dew
bright from the morning sun in the gardens.
The woman sits and waits
deciding whether or not to open
the pages in front of the geese,
the roses, the turtle, the pond.

(c)    Copyright 2016 by Nancy Allinson

Nancy Allinson is retired from the federal government where she worked in training and development.  She is a Maryland poet whose work has appeared in Poet Lore, The Federal Poet, Minimus, Potomac Review, Beltway Quarterly, District Lines and other literary publications.   Her first book of poetry, Harmony Not Yet Broken, was published by Finishing Line Press, in June 2015.  Nancy is currently emcee for Kensington Row Bookshop Poetry Reading Series in Kensington, MD.

Posted in 30 for 30 Poetry Celebration | 5 Comments

Martin Dickinson

Share Button

A Cry of Nature
After Edvard Munch, Der Schrei der Natur

I am not you. My orange sun
ascends against blue
beneath the gold underside of clouds.

In this air I walk with two friends.
In this air we feel energy,
no shred of exhaustion.

The wood grain of the fence
upholds us, the glory of clouds,
the orange suffusing light

from the sun, the whole scene.
My companions walk ahead
as I pause to take in the gold,

to inhale even more
of the salt air along the marsh
beside the little inlet.

My hands are not your hands.
I raise them trumpet-like to my ears
to funnel in the delicious sounds.

In this place, which is my place,
nature makes its own statement.
In this air there is no scream.

© Copyright 2016 Martin Dickinson

Martin Dickinson lives in Glover Park, Washington, D.C. His chapbook, My Concept of Time, focuses on family, work, nature and time, and explores the illusion of solidity in our changing world, alongside the evanescence of time and the tenuousness of our lives. Martin was poet of the month last May for the on-line journal Blue Heron Review. His poems appear in numerous on-line and print journals and (in Russian translation) the Russian language weekly, Kontinent.

Posted in 30 for 30 Poetry Celebration | 2 Comments

Pamela Murray Winters

Share Button

Humility as Self-Defense

Who would want to be God? A sane person
would avoid the responsibility. A good mother

who kills thousands. Kind and great and ruthless.
Required to be omniscient: to bear so much pain,

one must be heartless or be engulfed—
or has that happened to God, subsumed

into bushes, beasts, minds? The good God gone
into micrograin; the brand now a shell,

the very idol we were warned to forsake?
Isn’t this an evolution? That of God

in all of us as love? So I send prayers
up to love nevertheless wondering

how it can be selfless, love, with its
colors and music and breath so utterly

human. Pause to question: should I pray
for the loving heart of God, for its

protection, for its breaking? For we love
our broken hearts.

Copyright  c 2016 by Pamela Murray Winters

Pamela Murray Winters lives and writes in Maryland. A 2015 graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts (MFA in poetry), Pam is currently stuffing her first book manuscript into bottles and flinging it into the rough waters of the publishing world.

Posted in 30 for 30 Poetry Celebration | 3 Comments